This December I have been out and about in the Rhee valley, walking or running most days, enjoying the mild weather, catching the welcome rays of the low winter Sun. We have just had the first hard frosts and snow flurries, an intimation of what Winter may have in store not before time. It’s been strange to have such easy weather as the days get shorter – I don’t mind being in doors when its cold and wet or stormy; mild, benign and dark is a wierd combination.
To my mind there is no doubt that if the day is cloudy the best time to go out for some fresh air and exercise is the afternoon. As the Sun falls lower in the sky it gets below cloud level, allowing its rays to be cast unencumbered. So for a brief hour or so it can get much brighter before the gloom of dusk sets in. There is also the feeling of having used the day well and not having been stuck indoors. For most of the year I am out of doors, working as a gardener, or tending my garden and allotment – so the late Autumn and Winter take a bit of adjustment.
There is nothing like the feeling of coming home from a long walk or run just as the Sun goes down, coming home to a warm hearth and a cup of tea and a bun. You’ve simply got to make the most of the daylight that is available to keep your spirits up and the Winter blues away.